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The Human Genome Project : deciphering the blueprint of heredity


Published 1994
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Includes bibliographical references and index

Understanding inheritance, an introduction to classical and molecular genetics / Robert P. Wagner -- Mapping the genome, the vision, the science, the implementation, a round table / with David Baltimore, David Botstein, David R. Cox ... [et al.]. -- The Mapping of chromosome 16 / Norman A. Doggett -- DNA Libraries, recombinant clones for mapping and sequencing / Larry L. Deaven -- Computation and the Genome Project, a shotgun wedding / James W. Fickett

Rapid DNA sequencing based on single-molecule detection / Lloyd M. Davis, Frederick R. Fairfield, Mark L. Hammond ... [et al.]. -- ELSI, ethical, legal, and social implications / Gerald Friedman and Richard Reichelt -- An invitation to genetics in the twenty-first century, a round table / with David Baltimore, David Botstein, Leon Botstein ... [et al.]

"For centuries, humans have pondered the mysteries of inheritance and heredity. Questions and observations concerning inheritance can be found throughout history, from the remarkable (if discredited) theory of pangenesis, as advanced by Hippocrates in the fifth century B.C., to Gregor Mendel keenly observing the traits of generations of garden peas. Over the course of the last 100 years, great advances have been made in unraveling these mysteries, culminating now in one of the most challenging projects in the history of science - the Human Genome Project." "Unprecedented in its scope, the Human Genome Project is an international effort that seeks to create a detailed map of human DNA. This unique book, written to be accessible to the general reader, first provides a basic introduction to the ideas underlying classical and molecular genetics before going on to describe the purpose of the Human Genome Project, its approach, its triumphs, its technological pitfalls, and its ultimate implications for society. Candid discussions by key members of the scientific community - including skeptics as well as proponents of the project - bring to life the many difficult questions this research effort has raised. Not least among these are questions of ethics, since the completed map will provide genetic engineers with heretofore impossible capabilities; one might imagine a world, for instance, in which disease-causing or disabling genes could be located and eliminated from the genome." "Through photographs, micrographs, and hundreds of beautifully rendered illustrations, many of them in color, this book creates a sense of shared excitement for the reader who follows the story of this fascinating project into the twenty-first century."--BOOK JACKET


Publisher Mill Valley, Calif. : University Science Books
Pages 384
Language English
Digitizing sponsor Internet Archive
Book contributor Internet Archive
Collection printdisabled; inlibrary; browserlending; internetarchivebooks; americana

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